Spam callers are the worst. So, it’s great to see one get their comeuppance! A police chief in North Carolina received a suspicious phone call, which turned out to come from a scam artist. As you might imagine, she handled it amazingly – and hysterically. However, most importantly, she taught everyone how to react if they end up on the line with a con man.
The Police Chief vs. Scam Artist
Our police forces have a lot of responsibility: keeping us all safe, fighting crime, and making sure everyday life goes on calmly. However, sometimes they must deal with other things not included in their job description… like scam callers trying to prey on them.
Police Chief Ann Stephens is the chief of the Apex Police Department in North Carolina. While working, Stephens received a call from an unknown number. After answering, she immediately realized that it came from a scam artist trying to gather personal information. He identified himself as “John Black,” and said that representatives from four federal agencies were also listening in on the call. Then, Mr. Black essentially threatened the police chief, saying that if she did not obey their demands, they would promptly arrest her.
Chief Stephens knew immediately this was a hoax – and what she did next was amazing, funny, and important all at once. She recorded the call, and later, the department uploaded it to the internet, to teach everyone a valuable lesson.
“I’ll Be Arrested In 45 Minutes?”
The scam artist made several errors. First, he mentioned a non-existent department – “Department of Narcotics” – a dead giveaway that the call is fake. From there, the con man claimed they had uncovered 25 fraudulent bank accounts with over $10 million worth of stolen money linked to Stephens’ security number. Apparently, the police chief had earned all that cash from money laundering and drug dealing, among other things.
Throughout the call, the chief replied calmly to all “Mr. Black”‘s questions. Often, she messed with him, repeating what he said, infuriating him more and more each time. However, she eventually arrived at the heart of the matter. Finally, Stephens asked the prankster, “I’m going to be charged with drug trafficking?” to which they responded, “Absolutely.”
Then the chief clarified, asking, “In 45 minutes, a sheriff’s deputy is going to arrest me for drug trafficking?” Once again, the caller responds with “Absolutely.”
The caller even called in his “superior,” named “Jason Brown.” Throughout the entire call, both fake officers said the real police chief could be relieved of all charges. Only if, of course, she did exactly as she’s told: give them her personal home address and the last four digits of her social security number. The entire time, chief Stephens played along, to keep the scam artist on the line as long as she could – and prank them back…
An Important Opportunity
After the real officer refused to give her details, the caller became more aggressive. The scam artist said that police would arrest Stephens’ in 45 minutes if she continued not to comply. Of course, the chief obviously didn’t break a sweat. Eventually, the caller becomes frustrated and hangs up – and police chief Stephens’ bursts out laughing.
Afterward, the Apex Police Department decided to upload the video to their Facebook page. Now, it has over 1.5 million views and thousands of likes, shares, and comments. The department looked at it as an excellent opportunity to educate and remind the public about personal safety. “Folks, these are scam calls. Don’t ever give out your information, don’t ever verify information, even if they have it. … They’re all scammers. Just hang up on them or have a little fun,” says chief Stephens at the end of the video.